Archive for October 19, 2011
Once a part of Ludacris’ DTP rap crew, 2 Chainz (aka Tity Boi) has grown into one of the hottest names from the South as a solo artist. His string of mixtapes, including his Tupac influenced Me Against The World, All Ice On Me and Trap-A-Velli has kept 2 Chainz on a relentless tour schedule.The rapper tells VIBE he’s already performed over 120 shows this year.
Though, he remains in close contact with Luda, the ATL native is focused on pushing forward on his own two feet. Chainz last scored big in 2007 with “Duffle Bag Boyz” as part of the rap duo Playaz Circle, with partner Dolla Boy. More than 4 years later, 2 Chainz has caught national attention again with his mixtape hit “Spend It.”
Currently, Chainz is working on a new street album, titled T.R.U. Realigon. He told VIBE the release features guest appearances from Raekwon, Young Jeezy, Jadakiss, Birdman, Yo Gotti and the unexpected, Kreayshawn.
“We got Kreayshawn on there and she don’t even stuff with nobody,” 2 Chainz tells VIBE. “She really just wanted to shoot “Spend It” at first. I always heard she was just a fan and through Twitter we just ended up communicating. I think right around when she got that deal.”
Chainz also elaborated on his collabo, “Letter To The Rap Game,” with NY vet Raekwon
“Letter to the rap game/ hip-hop I’m a product of the trap, mane/when crack came I didn’t know how to act, mane,” 2 Chainz rapped at Bond45 steakhouse in Midtown Manhattan, explaining the song’s hook.
Fans can expect “Slangin’ Birds” featuring Birdman and Yo Gotti to make the final version of T.R.U. Realigon, which is slated for release on November 1st
Mannie Fresh Reveals Mystikal Project Has Stalled, He And Lil Wayne Are Talking & Hot Boys Reunion Was Staged0
There aren’t too many artists who have their name stamped on records from 1987 who can still claim “active” status in the 2011 Hip Hop scene, but Mannie Fresh has mastered the art of making his Bounce-based brand of Hip Hop sound contemporary in any era. From his early work providing the sonic foundation for the rhymes of New Orleans Rap pioneer Gregory D to his impressive tenure with Cash Money Records from 1993 to 2005, in which time he created the sound-beds to some of the most important songs in southern Hip Hop history, Fresh has lived up to his name and kept his sound from ever sounding stale.
But a half-decade removed from the last time he dominated the charts with creations for T.I., Young Jeezy, and both Baby and Lil Wayne (before splitting from CMR’s then last-men-standing due to reported royalty disputes), Mannie is growing impatient with waiting on both veteran and rookie artists to help him help them bring southern Hip Hop back to a position of respect within the culture (and not the derivative caricature that artists of all regions have adopted in recent years as their interpretation of what they think southern Hip Hop sounds and looks like).
Take an insightful look at the recording process for Starlito’s “ULTIMATE WARRIOR” mixtape. It was prepared during the 72 hours leading up to the release (10.04.11), with the majority of the songs done during a 41 hour continuous recording block.
The tape (hosted by Red Dot) features Don Trip, Wale, Young Buck, Yo Gotti, Young Dolph, Robin Raynelle as well as TRASH BAG GANG.
Production by Coop, Lil Keis, Drumma Boy, Fate Eastwood, Zeus, Nyse, & more.